Esther J♥y
06 May 2017 @ 04:20 pm
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Esther J♥y
19 July 2011 @ 04:59 pm
[ profile] costume20in20 Round 15: The Painted Veil  

It was silly of us to look for qualities in each other that we never had. )

This is my first icon batch in a very long time...hopefully I haven't lost my touch.
Comments & critiques are welcome.
Please credit [ profile] modernelegance.
Walter Fane *fangirl sigh*
Current Mood: accomplished
Esther J♥y
20 June 2011 @ 05:22 pm
Friends Cut  

A lot of fresh starts happening in my life, including the shedding of some friends who haven't updated recently.

If you would like to remain on my friends list, please let me know.

♥ -Lyrics borrowed from The Civil Wars song, Falling
Current Mood: accomplished
Esther J♥y
17 May 2011 @ 07:20 am
Just an FYI: Today is Amazon's MEGA MEGA DVD sale, so if there's a movie or tv show you've been eyeing, now would be the time to purchase it! (Downton Abbey is $16, Frost/Nixon is $4, and The Painted Veil is $6...all brand new!)

So go forth and SQUEE to death! ;)
Esther J♥y
11 May 2011 @ 09:47 pm
Costume Chronicles Changes  
This is sorta a press release...*cough*

Costume Chronicles was a concept that I envisioned a little over two years to fill a gap between entertainment and my own personal adoration for costume dramas. However, I did not have the capabilities to execute this dream on my own, so I asked Charity (and her mad editing skills) to join me as co-editor.

Within these two years Costume Chronicles has had an excellent response from fans, readers and critics alike. I have enjoyed every moment, reading articles, creating humorous pieces, and designing pages. It has been my “baby” and I have been absolutely thrilled as every issue would debut.

However, because of time constraints and technological issues I must step down as an editor. As a result, Charity will be continuing a new publication that will premiere in June that will still be in the spirit of Costume Chronicles but covering a wider range of entertainment than just costume dramas.

This was a hard decision that was agreed to and mutually made between Charity and I and we both hope that you will understand and not hold a grudge against what has taken place in the midst of our “regime change”. All past Costume Chronicles issues will still be available to download at a place that will be announced later. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact me at esther @ (no spaces)

I will be glad to answer any questions or concerns you have to the best of my ability. :)

Esther J♥y
24 April 2011 @ 11:59 am
Happy Resurrection Day!  
"At that moment they heard from behind them a loud noise—a great cracking, deafening noise as if a giant had broken a giant's plate.... The Stone Table was broken into two pieces by a great crack that ran down it from end to end; and there was no Aslan."

I hope that each and every one of you have a blessed Resurrection Day; celebrating the risen Lord and that the power that raised Christ from the dead lives within us, where one day we will be risen to be with Him!
Current Mood: calm
Esther J♥y
21 April 2011 @ 11:32 pm

I cannot stop listening to it...and no other recordings of "Julie-O" even come close to being as soulful as his rendition (even without the beatboxing), he is just a fantastic cellist. Period. ♥ I've always had a soft spot in my heart for the cello.
Esther J♥y
30 March 2011 @ 07:15 pm
Jane Eyre Intro Post  

I am so excited to begin this Jane Eyre read-a-long! I have long been a fan of the story but I have not ever read this compelling and mysterious novel for myself. (I grew up with the Joan Fontaine version on repeat in my household.) I am so thankful that you all are helping me be accountable in doing this with me. I love discussion so you have no idea how much this means to me.

I hope that all of those participating in the reading portion have a copy of the book. If you do not have a physical copy here are a few places where it is available at no charge:

  • Jane Eyre for Kindle
  • Project Gutenberg has different formats available to read Jane Eyre. (HTML, Epub, Plain Text, etc.)

    You can check a copy out from your local library or if you desire to purchase an inexpensive copy, you may want to look at used book stores or thrift stores.

    The Reading/Discussion Schedule will span across 5 weeks. You have the full freedom to read ahead if you desire, this schedule is mostly to keep the discussion at a good pace. :) Also if you are currently reading Jane Eyre do not feel any pressure to wait for us to catch up. I am sure you will remember plenty once the discussions come around. :)

    Week One: Chapters 1-10
    Week Two: Chapters 11-17
    Week Three: Chapters 18-24
    Week Four: Chapters 25-30
    Week Five: Chapters 31-38

    I will have the Week One discussion posted next Thursday.

    If you have any questions feel free to ask them.

    Happy Reading!
    Current Mood: artistic
    Esther J♥y
    14 February 2011 @ 01:37 pm
    Happy Valentines Day!!!  

    Now pardon me while I go spend some quality time with Mr. Wentworth and Mr. Darcy. ;)
    Current Mood: cheerful
    Esther J♥y
    03 February 2011 @ 08:11 pm
    Perfect Love.  

    With it being around Valentines day this word "love" can be heard on the lips of males and females who have certain intentions with a special person in their life. During this time, normally I would begin to feel the dread of a day that unintentionally elevates marriage and those who are couples above those of us who are single. However, before any of that dread set in, God drastically shifted my focus to Him and the following is the result of that.

    With all of the political unrest in Egypt and the filtered news coming from that region, many Americans and Christians are unsure whose "side" they should be on but they are concerned about Israel and their safety.

    Today, I found this via twitter from a female Muslim protester:

    (22 Hours Ago) "A pic I took yesterday of Christians protecting Muslims during their prayers #jan25"

    (21 Hours Ago) Bear in mind that this pic was taken a month after z Alexandria bombing where many Christians died in vain. Yet we all stood by each other

    (20 Hours Ago, in response to a person who asked how she knew they were Christians) They had cross tattoos (a Coptic tradition) right below their palm, a friend has a close up, i will share soon.

    (ETA: Updated Later on 2.4.11) ok, once & for all: I knew they were Copts cause the guy on z left had a cross tattoo below his palm, my friend cried then hugged him.

    From other North Americans writing home who are in Egypt, they verify this type of action coming from Christians and some Muslims are in return protecting the Coptic Church while Christians pray.

    This is curious to me since our religions are diametrically opposed and frankly as a Western Christian I would be quick to judge that the Muslim offenders deserve anything thrown at them. When I hear of the horrors done to women in the name of this religion, I could quickly "lose my religion" what would cause these Christians to stand guard while Muslims prayed?

    Perhaps they could be that since these Christians are politically siding with the Mulims in these demonstrations, in political "brotherhood" they are protecting one another. However, this is a society where Christians are persecuted by Muslims --- 21 were killed less than a month ago that went to the Coptic Church in Alexandria.

    So knowing this, could any of we as Christians guard Muslims as they prayed or would we try to reason with them why they are worshiping a false god?

    Oh, the conviction that seers through my heart by the action of these Christians! What a beautiful picture of love we have received during this confusion. In Scripture, we are commanded by Jesus to love and pray our enemies and those who persecute us: (emphasis mine)

    Matthew 5:43-48
    "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You therefore must be perfect,as your heavenly Father is perfect.

    Notice, that we are not commanded to be perfect like the Father through living obediently and by not sinning. We are to be perfect, like the Father, by the way we love our enemies.

    So, how did/does the Father love His enemies?

    1 John 4:10:-12
    In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.

    God did not try to show us love by reasoning with us why His way was better - by His actions He showed it to us. When we were diametrically opposed to Him, He sent Jesus to be our protection, our Savior. While we were whispering empty prayers to our own gods, the Father loved us right where we were. His love did not start when we realized that we were a screwed up mess or that our own way was wrong, His love was there before we knew the evilness of our own hearts and that we wanted to destroy Him and everything He is about.

    So the above to me is not a picture of political unrest, worry over the future, but one of love.

    Tears of conviction and confession have been shed by me because I have not loved like the Father has loved. I have loved through my own abilities and power which fall short of what God requires of us. Love is not a fuzzy feeling that brings flowers and chocolates, but one that would be willing to give their life for another person. One that like Christ, dares to stop telling people about love and instead uses love as a verb and IS love to others.

    I wonder if Christians became so loving that we would earn a similar nickname to that of Barnabas when people thought of him they thought of encouragement.

    Can we get back to the place when people think of Christians they think of love?

    Is it possible?

    Or are we as Western Christians too afraid to die to ourselves and allow the Spirit to live through us?
    Current Mood: hopeful
    Esther J♥y
    01 February 2011 @ 09:28 am
    Pray for Australia  

    I know that many are concerned about the virtual blizzard that is occurring across the country but Australia's northern coast is about to be hit with 'cyclone Yasi' (Hurricane) that is around the size of Queensland. QLD has had so much flooding that they haven't been able to recover (their wet season STARTS today) so they're not getting a break from the traumatic weather.

    If you can, please consider donating to their relief appeal and at least please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
    Current Mood: sad
    Esther J♥y
    01 January 2011 @ 12:07 am
    Happy New Year!  

    I sincerely pray that God will move in your life in a way you never thought possible and that your heart will be open to the freedom He brings as He works in your life.

    With much love,
    Esther J♥y
    05 December 2010 @ 07:17 pm

    So while I have a few moments I am testing out the LJ app. It isn't as and as I expected it to be!

    Tonight is the last night of small group which makes me sad...because when I had nothing going for me and essentially no hope they were a big part in why I kept pressing on. It is hard leaving people you consider your spiritual family. We are doing a white elephant gift exchange which should be interesting.

    I don't think my gift would be considered a white elephant to some, but it is a Holly Hobby vase with a quote about friendship and a little painting with bejeweled flowers and a quote. It was given to me by a girl who NEVER had good taste in gift giving for me and when I got it for Christmas one year I had no idea How she came to the conclusion that I would like those things. Yes they are "Girly cute" but that is not me decor wise. So thank goodness for White elephant!

    I also finished a scarf for my friend Zach. I don't like the cast off since it is CONSIDERABLY tighter, but not matter what I tried the tension would not quit being tight. So now instead of a line it is more of a curve...

    Posted via LiveJournal app for iPhone.

    Esther J♥y
    03 December 2010 @ 04:58 pm
    Cat Lovers...  
    I discovered Maru the him!

    So, Meet Maru:

    Then watch Maru play with boxes:

    Esther J♥y
    01 December 2010 @ 03:42 pm
    Costume Chronicles: Jane Austen, Volume One  

    Our current and next issue focuses on Jane Austen, her novels, and the film adaptations. We hope you will enjoy our humble tribute to one of our favorite authors. Volume Two is coming Feb 2011.

    This issue includes:

    - The Modernization of Jane Austen
    - Jane Who?
    - First Impressions, Lizzy & Darcy
    - Above & Below, Class Distinction in Emma
    - Anne Elliot, Jane Austen's Quiet Heroine
    - Reading & Righting -- Northanger Abbey
    - Bollywood Style Pride & Prejudice
    - The Dashwood Women


    As always, we love feedback about our issues, so please feel free to leave a comment!

    Costume ChroniclesCharity's Place
    Esther J♥y
    03 November 2010 @ 09:21 pm
    For those who love steampunk, here is a new movie coming out in March that looks fantastic! ♥

    I am so excited!!!
    Current Mood: calm
    Esther J♥y
    02 October 2010 @ 10:42 am
    Costume Chronicles - September/October 2010  

    You can download our latest issue at:
    Costume ChroniclesCharity's Place

    It was a brutal age in which Romans ruled much of the civilized world and Cleopatra caused a sensation. Discover the secrets of Alexandria within these pages, as our talented writers carry you from the pages of scripture to the distant civilizations of Greece and Persia. From Caesar to Xerxes, this issue is full of ancient fashions, historical figures, and gorgeous period dramas.

    - 3 Great Loves of the Trojan War
    - Cleopatra
    - The Cost of Freedom (300)
    - Ben Hur, a Life So Changed
    - The Myth, the Legend, & the Truth of Pontius Pilate
    - Courageous Faith (One Night With the King)
    - Cleopatra & Modern Culture
    - The Influence of the Greeks
    - The Elysium Fields of Gladiator
    - Just a Bit of Banter (Prince of Persia)
    - Marc Antony, the Conflicted Rock Star of Rome
    Esther J♥y
    24 August 2010 @ 06:34 pm

    I don't remember if I ever posted this for you all to read, but it's one of those stories that have made a huge impact on me.

    A 21st Century Parable
    One day Jesus was strolling down a busy New York street with a prominent minister named Simon. Whenever they passed an adult bookstore or bar, Simon would detour to the other side of the street, staying as far as possible from the filth. As they walked, the minister told Jesus of the drug addicts and prostitutes who frequented the street corners. "God's judgment is about to fall on this disgusting city," he said. "Their sin is too much. I'm sure He won't stand for it much longer."

    Suddenly a brightly dressed man, with a swish in his step and a lisp in his voice, cried out over the noise of the busy city street. "Jesus? Is that you!" Jesus turned and smiled in his direction. The man leapt from the curb and ran directly across the street, crossing four lanes of traffic, oblivious to the buses and cabs swerving to avoid him.

    He ran straight to Jesus without breaking his stride and wrapped his arms around His neck. The shocked minister, who knew this man as Fredrick-the owner of a local gay bar – was even more appalled when Fredrick's smiling face dissolved into tears on Jesus' neck. He sobbed uncontrollably as Jesus tenderly wrapped His arms around him and held him for what seemed like 30 minutes to the growing crowd, but could not have been more than one. "I'm sorry," Fredrick said as he stepped back and looked into Jesus' eyes. "And thank You."

    The previous week, Jesus had found Fredrick outside the bar and begun speaking to him about sin, God's love, and the coming kingdom. Fredrick had stopped attending church after high school – religious people weren't too happy seeing a person like him in their churches – but something was different about this preacher. Even though Jesus talked ab out sin and God's judgment, He wasn't condemning – He was actually warm and welcoming. Without thinking about it, Fredrick poured out his life story to this preacher. He told things he had never spoken aloud in his life, barely even allowed himself to think: the uncle who had molested him, the boys who had called him fag, his first boyfriend at 16, the long string of boyfriends since, his profound loneliness, his fear of AIDS. With each memory, with each confession, a weight lifted from his heart.

    "Jesus, do You think…would You min…could a person like me follow You? Could I be a part of God's kingdom?"
    "Of course! I cam here to personally invite you," Jesus answered him. They talked a bit longer and then as Jesus turned to walk on, He glanced back at Fredrick and smiled to see him standing dumbstruck on the corner in front of his gay bar.

    But Simon the minister knew none of this. He saw only a gay man draped across Jesus, sobbing. What an embaressment! he thought.How can Jesus let such a God-forsaken sinner touch Him, much less make such a display.
    Jesus uncannily answered the minister's thoughts, "Simon, I have something to ask you."
    "Ask me, Teacher," he said.
    "Two men owed money to a bank. One owed $100,000 and the other owed only $10,000. Neither of them had money to pay back their loans. The bank was about to take the first man's house and repossess the second man's car. But the vice president of the bank had compassion on them and canceled both debts. Now which of them will love him more?"
    Simon replied, "I suppose the one who had the bigger debt canceled."
    "You have judged correctly," Jesus said. Then He turned toward the gay man and said to the minister. "Do you see this man? I came to your church and was greeted cordially with a firm handshake. This man ran when he saw Me to wrap his arms around My neck. You did not buy Me anything to drink on this hot day, but he has poured out his tears on My shoulder. Therefore, I tell you, his many sins have been forgiven – for he loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little."
    Then Jesus said, "Fredrick, your sins are forgiven."
    The crowd around Him muttered to themselves, "Who is this who claims to forgive sins?!"
    But Jesus said to the man, "Your faith has saved you! Go in peace."

    Alan Chambers, God's Grace and the Homosexual Next Door. Harvest House: Eugene, OR, 2006. pp. 54-56.
    Current Mood: calm
    Esther J♥y
    01 August 2010 @ 09:42 pm
    Costume Chronicles - July/August 2010  

    Costume Chronicles is thrilled to announce that our newest issue covering Untamed Lands (Westerns) is available to download at our website!

    This issue includes:
    - John Wayne, the Cowboy
    - The Face of Feminism, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman
    - Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Australia
    - The Devil You Know, Reflections on Mary Carson
    - The Man From Snowy River
    - Oklahoma!
    - Snowy River, Perfecting the Aussie Western
    - It's Not Dyin' I'm Talkin' About, Lonesome Dove
    - Stagecoach & the Creation of the American Western
    - Four Legged Best Friend, Hidalgo
    - The Thorn Birds
    - Banditas

    We always enjoy hearing feedback on our issues and please pass it on to others! ♥
    Current Mood: excited
    Esther J♥y
    01 June 2010 @ 01:22 pm
    Costume Chronicles May/June 2010  

    Costume Chronicles is excited to announce that our May/June 2010 issue is now available to download in our current issue section at Costume Chronicles!

    This issue includes the following:
    - Justice, Faith, & the Beauty of Amazing Grace
    - Sir Thomas More, A Man for All Seasons
    - Nicholas Nickleby, An Unexpected Hero
    - Darkness & Light, a fight for freedom on the Amistad
    - A Man of Honor, the story of Amazing Grace
    - A Man of Conviction, Martin Luther
    - The Fire of the Dove, Joan of Arc
    - Iron Jawed Angels, the Forgotten Women of History

    We always enjoy hearing feedback on our issues and please pass it on to others! ♥